[hist-analytic] Not Cricket

Baynesr at comcast.net Baynesr at comcast.net
Thu Jan 14 07:06:08 EST 2010

Good point, and not just because I can respond briefly. 
Rawls doesn't take up ANY of the Greek philosophers, 
but DOES take up everyone else, it seems. This is 
interesting in itself. I'll take a look at Grice on this. 
Aristotle is a core figure in Anscombe, but here interest 
is morality not justice. 

I've been "indoctrinated" so heavily in the Kantian creed 
that Rawls's Kantianism is, at first, appealing. I was 
considering how I might define 'tolerance', given the 
counterfeit role it plays in Rawls. What I came up with is 

"Tolerance is the recognition of a duty to respect the 
freedom of others." 

Surely,there must be a better one. But what?

Very tricky notion; not like, say, 'bias' which is conceptually 
somewhat void of conceptual content. This illustrates another
interesting asymmetry: coming up with a definition of 'tolerance'
is tough; so is providing a criterion of 'toleration'; perhaps
there is not; whereas 'bias' is easy enough to define, although
many will make a valiant effort to prove otherwise, *applying* 
any criterion seems to suggest the need for further critera.
Tolerance is not a legal idea, bias is.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: jlsperanza at aol.com 
To: hist-analytic at simplelists.co.uk 
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:20:02 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: Not Cricket 

Thanks to S. Bayne for his recent note with the two refs. in Linguistic   
Inquiry. Will do. 
And please, do focus on your 'fair', or 'justice'. No just to keep you   
revising things you read twenty years ago! In any case, just checked that 
'fair'  with which Rawls seems to have been obsessed, is Anglo-Saxon. Below the 
etym.,  online. Interesting for some development along Gricean lines. Indeed 
Mayfair  Lady became, "My fair Lady" in the musical... 
In any case, Grice has a couple of things to say about 'justice' in WoW.   
Basically his exegesis on Plato. It's odd how these linguistic philosophers 
took  Aristotle and Plato so seriously. I was delighted when Urmson and 
Warnock added  to Austin's Philosophical Papers Austin's unpublished essay on 
Plato's Line.  Similarly, Grice's work on "Justice" in Plato's Republic is 
another taste one  gets of the way these philosophers liked to shine amongst 
themselves with  exegetical material of the classics. Brilliant! 
It's not cricket, is used, idiomatically, as "no fair!", so it may relate.   
Grice, recall, had his obit. titled: "professional philosopher and amateur   
cricketer", so there! 
J. L. Speranza 
O.E. fæger "beautiful, pleasant," from P.Gmc. *fagraz (cf. O.N. fagr,   
O.H.G. fagar "beautiful," Goth. fagrs "fit"), from PIE *fag-. The meaning in   
ref. to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense 
 of "light complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free 
from  bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, 
unblemished"  (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) 
began in 1856.  Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. 
Fair-haired in the fig.  sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. Fairly in the 
sense of "somewhat" is  from 1805; it earlier meant "totally." Fairway 
(1584) originally meant  "navigational channel of a river;" golfing sense is 
from 1910. First record of  fair-weather friends is from 1736. 

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